Hannah Lucy Cockroft MBE, DL, is seven-time Paralympic Champion, and one of Britain’s best-known para-athletes.
Born on 30th July 1992, Hannah suffered two heart attacks within the first 24 hours of her life. These cardiac arrests left her with multiple areas of brain damage and a collapsed lung, with doctors questioning how the damage would affect her quality of life.
Hannah is the most decorated British athlete in World Championship history, with 12 World Champion titles to her name. She repeated her Paralympic success at Rio 2016, bringing home gold in the T34 100m, 400m and 800m, that same year adding three European Champion gold medals to her trophy cabinet. Hannah is currently the T34 World Record holder in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.
Off the track, Hannah’s personality has seen her invited onto shows such as ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘The Crystal Maze’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which she won with her partner on the show, Pasha. Hannah also made history by being nominated for the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year award; the first Paralympian ever to be nominated outside of a Paralympic year. Furthermore, she was named British Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Journalist Association in 2017, being the first para-athlete to ever win the award in its 57-year history! Hannah was made a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in 2016, being the youngest person to hold the title by over 30 years.
In a year heavily disrupted by COVID-19, Hannah made the most of the shortened season, becoming debut British Champion over the 400m and finishing on a high, breaking her own world records over four distances, all in a single day. A year later than scheduled, Hannah retained her 100m and 800m titles at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, breaking the 100m World Record and 800m Paralympic Record in the process.
Looking ahead to 2022, Hannah hopes to represent Team England for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.